Making Sense of Criminal Justice Policies and Practices

ISBN-10: 019533244X

ISBN-13: 9780195332445

Edition: 2007

Authors: G. Larry Mays, Rick Ruddell

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As they learn about the criminal justice system, students often hear that "nothing works." Enter Making Sense of Criminal Justice--an innovative and insightful textbook that meets the needs of both criminal justice policy courses and undergraduate capstone courses (sometimes called "senior seminars"). Beginning with an outline of the crime control and due process models, G. Larry Mays and Rick Ruddell have organized the book around the three major components of the criminal justice system (police, courts, and corrections). This topical, issues-oriented approach encourages students to think critically about major dilemmas faced by participants in the system, from issues of race and gender to the use of the death penalty. Working from a balanced viewpoint, the authors argue that criminal justice is inherently a political process; they examine strategies that work, those that do not work, and those that represent a gray area between the two extremes. Rather than providing students with "the answers," Mays and Ruddell challenge them to think critically about how we deal with situations--such as the use of force by the police--and offer a framework for lively classroom discussions and debates. End-of-chapter key terms, critical-thinking review questions, and recommended readings enhance students' understanding of the material and aid in test preparation.
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List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Criminal Justice Politics and Policy
The Politics and Policy Dichotomy
The Role of Politics in the Administration of Justice Sources of Law and Policy Politics and Legislative
Processes and Functions Policymaking and Criminal Justice
Crime Control Versus Due Process
The Crime Control Model
The Due Process Model The Practical Differences Between the Models
The Search for a Guiding Philosophy of Policing English Roots of Policing Brief History of U.S. Policing Stages of Police
Development Community Policing Where Are We Now and Where Do We Go From Here?
Police and the Use of Force Police and Citizen
Interactions Influences On the Use of Force High-Speed Pursuits
As Deadly Force Less-Than-Lethal Force Police Officer Deaths and Citizen Deaths
Remedies for Unauthorized Use of Force
Gun Control Firearms Mortality Violent Crime
Firearms Legislation Effectiveness of Gun Control Legislation
Police Interventions to Reduce Illegal Gun Use
Courts--Justice for All, or Just for Some?
Sentencing Getting Tough Indeterminate to Determinate Sentencing Sentencing Guidelines Mandatory Minimum Sentences
Three-Strikes Legislation Truth in Sentencing
The Political Context of Imprisonment
Race, Ethnicity, and Justice Decision Making in the Criminal Justice System
Addressing the Race Issue
Gender and Justice Women
As Offenders in the Criminal Justice System Women
As Crime Victims
The Work World of Women in Criminal Justice
Wrongful Convictions--Causes, Consequences, and Solutions
Eyewitness Misidentification False Confessions Jailhouse Snitch Testimony Misleading
Forensic Science Prosecutorial Misconduct Ineffective Assistance of Counsel
The Challenges of Correcting Law-Violating Behavior
What Are the Alternatives?
Specialized Courts Drug Diversion Programs
Intermediate Sanctions Community-Based
Jail Programs Parole
Build More Prisons?
Imprisonment and Crime Control
The Rising Cost of Corrections
Indirect Costs of Incarceration Punishing
More Effectively Cutting Correctly Privatization
The Death Penalty Capital Punishment in America
The Death Penalty Today Capital Punishment Policy
The Future of the Death Penalty
Juvenile Crime and Violence Juvenile Crime
Trends Cycles of Juvenile Justice Models for Controlling Crime
Living in a Post-9/11 World Federal Legislation Homeland Security Security Versus Liberty
The Changing Legal Environment
Making Sense of Criminal Justice--Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow Understanding Criminal Justice Policy Research and Criminal Justice Policy Criminal Justice in the Twenty-First Century
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